Need to know how to choose a living room rug? Well, it comes down to five crucial considerations:

  1. Size
  2. Color and Pattern
  3. Texture
  4. Décor
  5. Number

Of course, you’ll need a little more than that to make your mind up, so here’s our quick rundown of how to make your selection.


It’s common to buy a rug that’s too small. You can work with standard sizes, which are:

  • 6' x 9'
  • 8' x 10'
  • 9' x 12'

However, these don’t always work around the crucial rule of leaving approximately 4" to 8" of bare floor around the rug’s perimeter, so it might be worth getting a custom rug — after all, getting the right size rug is very important.

Color and Pattern

There are some basic benefits to either a patterned rug or a solid color:

  • Patterned Rug: Great for adding color and interest to a more neutral living room (and for concealing stains).
  • Solid ColorRug: Ideal for bringing together a livelier room.

Just make sure the colors don’t fight each other.


This really comes down to rug material:

  • Wool: Great for adding warmth and comfort, but generally quite expensive.
  • Silk: Soft underfoot but also expensive and very hard to clean.
  • Synthetic: Easy to care for and inexpensive, but generally less luxurious.


As you’re making these decisions, keep in mind how the rest of the room looks. If your furnishings already use bold colors, adding more could overpower it. If the room is rather neutral, going for a more striking carpet is a good idea.


Why stop at one living room rug? Larger rooms can be broken up into separate areas via the crafty use of area rugs. If there’s one area where you watch TV and one where you have a table and chairs, use a couple of living room area rugs to divide them up.

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Using our guide should help you narrow down your rug choices, but remember that you can always contact us for some personalized advice and assistance.